5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 48-page book, 150 tracks. Total playing time approx. 368 mns.
The complete George Jones United Artists recordings from 1962 to '64, 150 songs compiled in one package for the first time ever.
Compiles every surviving title including six previously unissued tracks and his geatest hits from the era: She Thinks I Still Care, You Comb Her Hair, A Girl I Used To Know, She Once Lived Here and The Race Is On along with lesser-known George Jones gems including Open Pit Mine and Jones's overlooked original composition In The Shadow Of A Lie.
Features his highly regarded tribute albums to Little Jimmy Dickens, Hank Williams, Bob Wills along with 'George Jones Sings The Hits Of His Country Cousins' the gospel package 'Homecoming In Heaven' and 'The Best Of George Jones'.
Includes his complete UA duet recordings with Melba Montgomery including their admired 'Bluegrass Hootenanny' album,
Plus a full bio covering the UA years and rare photos.
George Jones was coming off a successful Mercury Records contract when his producer Pappy Daily took him to United Artists Records in 1962. Instantly, he became UA's top country star and got off to a powerful start with Dickey Lee's ballad She Thinks I Still Care, an award-winning performance at the time, a country music standard today. Over the next two and a half years, Jones recorded originals along with songs written by some of Nashville's greatest, among them Jack Clement (Not What I Had In Mind), Justin Tubb (Big Fool Of The Year), Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard (You Comb Her Hair) and
Freddie Hart (My Tears Are Overdue).
Even then, George Jones' peers began embracing his still-evolving singing style, rooted in his admiration for both Roy Acuff and Hank Williams, as a vocal Gold Standard. At UA, that style continued developing while at the same time he expanded his scope by teaming with the truly great female duet partner: Melba Montgomery. Together, they created an amazing, even hypnotic traditional vocal synergy on hits including We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds and to this day, Jones considers his work with Melba his best work with a female singer. On tour, his antics still centered around his legendary boozing and hell-raising yet George Jones's studio output for UA was amazingly consistent, the accompaniment traditional though the Jordanaires frequently appeared on various UA sessions.
Along with revealing the complete scope of George Jones's two and a half years, the collection also includes rare photos and extensive, detailed liner notes by Rich Kienzle including comments from
George Jones, Montgomery and the late Buck Owens.